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Giselinde Kuipers

Professor of Cultural Sociology
University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Chair, Sociology Department, University of Amsterdam

Research affiliations: the
Cultural Sociology program group at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), and the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS).

Teaches in: Bachelor, Research Master and PhD programs in sociology at the University of Amsterdam.

Principal Investigator, Towards a Comparative Sociology of Beauty (ERC Starting grant, 2010-2015)

Editor-in-chief: HUMOR International Journal of Humor Research


The Sociology of Beauty project will be made into a webcomic, as part of the ERCcomics project.

The website of the Sociology of Beauty project now contains downloadable versions of (almost) all publications from this project. It also also contains many materials related to methods and data, including codebooks, research instruments, methodological appendices, etc. See: www.sociologyofbeauty.nl

My article How National Institutions Mediate the Global, on screen translation in four European countries, has recently been published in the American Sociological Review, and can be downloaded (sorry, paywall) here. If you want to read it, but don't have library access, let me know.

A new, updated and revised paperback edition of Good Humor, Bad Taste has been published in 2015. For more information click on the new cover:



Research interests:
cultural sociology and sociology of culture, social theory, media studies, comparative-historical sociology, process sociology, globalization and transnational culture, culture and inequality, sociology of beauty and the body, humor, media, television, translation, taste, cultural industries and production of culture, popular culture, bicybles

M.A. (cum laude), cultural anthropology, Utrecht University (1995)

PhD (cum laude), sociology, University of Amsterdam (2001)

                                                                                                                               (Photograph courtesy of Bob Bronshoff.)